KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 5
As announced by the government during the budget announcement for the current fiscal year, Province 1, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and Biratnagar Metropolitan has signed a memorandum of understanding today to expand and upgrade the airport.
According to the agreement, Biratnagar airport will be upgraded to the level of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA). Upgradation of the Biratnagar airport is one of the priorities of the government. MoCTCA has also announced that regional flights will be operated from this airport.
In order to expand the airport, today’s meeting has directed CAAN to go ahead with the land acquisition processes. As mentioned in the agreement, Biratnagar Metropolitan office and Province 1 government will coordinate on land acquisition for expansion of the airport.
As per the agreement, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), on behalf of the federal government, will invest 50 per cent of the total investment for airport expansion and upgradation.
Meanwhile, the provincial government will bear 40 per cent and the local government will chip in 10 per cent of the total investment.
Based on the agreement, CAAN has to prepare a master